The Coffee Dilemma

Buon Giorno!

Happy Pancake Sunday my lovelies!

A couple of weeks ago, after a chilly morning at the farmer’s market, I returned home with a perfectly dunkable cookie. It only made since that I got my first coffee craving in months so I decided to go with it and indulge in a warm steamy mug. Without any thought to the fact that it had been nearly TWO MONTHS since my last date with dear ol’ Joe, I brewed up a cup and got my dunk on!


The flavor was just how (if not better than) I remembered it…smooth yet strong, rich and nutty. Somehow, I managed to savor that single mug far longer than any from my past and when it finally came time for that last sip, I’ll admit, it was bittersweet.

Less than an hour later…

I felt like I was having a heart attack.
Nervousness…heart palpitations…cold sweats?

What? No! How could this be?! Before I started having my morning ACV cocktail, my relationship with coffee was practically religious…each and every day…at the very least, a single cup was enjoyed. How could I deny all those mornings where I was gently awakened by the robust flavor running over my palate, instantly bringing a smile to my face as it warmed me from the inside out…

What could this possibly mean for the upcoming winter?! 

So I got to thinking…there had to be a way…a way to satisfy my taste for coffee without leaving me wanting to peel my face off. With Sunday right around the corner, obviously you know where most of my thoughts were pointed…so I guess this really should come as no surprise.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you…

Tiramisu PROTEIN Pancakes!

Light and fluffy protein pancakes FULL of coffee flavor, layered with a sweet “cream” filling and dusted with just the right amount of cocoa powder.

Tiramisu Protein Pancakes

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Keywords: blender fry breakfast high protein no sugar added low-sodium protein powder oats coffee bananas Pancake Sunday Italian winter summer spring fall

Ingredients (Serves 1)

For the Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder*
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sodium-free baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed cold coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coffee extract

For the Sweet “Cream” Filling

  • 1/3 cup low-fat no-salt-added cottage cheese
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1/8 teaspoon coffee extract
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


For the Pancakes

1. Heat a non-stick skillet or pancake griddle over medium heat.
2. In a small food processor or blender, ground oats into flour.
3. Combine oat flour, protein powder, ground flax, and baking powder in a bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until frothy.
5. Add coffee and extracts to egg white, stir and add to dry ingredients.
6. Stir until flour is incorporated.
7. Let batter sit at least 5 minutes before continuing.
8. Spoon batter onto skillet surface, forming 3 medium-sized pancakes.
9.Cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until golden brown with crisp edges.

For the Sweet “Cream” Filling

Combine cottage cheese, banana, and extract in a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

*Originally, I tried the recipe with chocolate protein powder, but unfortunately the chocolate covered up the taste of the coffee…which of course was NOT my point!

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The banana has only the faintest taste beneath the flavor of the coffee extract and lent the perfect amount of sweetness to the creamy layer between the cakes.

Dare I say, it was bordering richness?

Nutrition stats on the left are for the pancakes only…the right includes the
sweet “cream” filling which you really wouldn’t want to go without:

I’m sorry, does that say 46g of protein? Why, yes…yes it does! 😀

Everything you love about classic Tiramisu…

Well, except for all the saturated fat, simplex carbohydrates, and oh yeah…an obscene amount of sugar!

But the best part?
I got my coffee “fix” without feeling like I was coming out of my skin! 😀

Do you like the flavor of coffee?

Are you sensitive to the effects of caffeine?

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Foodie Friday

When I saw this survey on Laura’s post yesterday, I couldn’t help myself…

1. Favorite cereal as a child?

Hands down, I was seduced by the Leprechaun
Anyone else try to pick up the marshmallows with the back of your spoon?

2. Coffee or Tea? With milk or without?

This is so weird for me to say…coming from a former coffee addict, but nowadays, I’ve actually found myself craving tea more and more, but you can forget the milk…just hand me some cinnamon!

3. The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Although lately I’ve been practically LIVING off Pumpkin Cakes,

You guys know…there’s no giving up my pancakes on Sunday!

1. Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Peanut Butter & Jelly!!
…preferably with a little BBQ tofu thrown in there! 😉

2. You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

Since I missed the farmer’s market last weekend, my produce stash has been getting pretty low, but I whipped up a salad yesterday that was simple, delicious, and coincidentally only had 4 ingredients:

Golden beets, cucumber, pickled peppers, and hemp seeds!

On a bed of mixed baby greens (spinach is my favorite, but I like to mix it up) and drizzled with a bit of plain balsamic vinegar…the tanginess mixed with the sweet of the beets and peppers was AMAZING!

3. One food you can’t live without at lunch?

I’m really not a creature of habit, but I’ll admit I get into “food fascinations” quite easily…

Over the past FOUR days I’ve eaten a different variation of the same thing…

Chickpea Tuna Melts!
*Recipe coming soon*

 It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty.  If fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

2. TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

Computer…on…always…I’m actually just finishing up my lunch now! 😉

3. The one food you eat most often at dinner?

Again, not really a creature of habit, but I do pack a lot of salads for work…quick and easy, but NEVER the same!

1. Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?

Cheesecake…sorry, never really been a big fan of apple pie…though apple COOKIES are a completely different subject entirely!

2. Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Ugh, I HATE flan…all it is is sugar and eggs…basically the Spanish version of a chess pie…you can keep it…but I’ll take that Tiramisu off your hands! 😉

3. Ice cream: cone or cup?

How else am I supposed to cram all my colorful toppings in?! Funny, you’d think my favorite cereal was Fruitty Pebbles! 😉

Now it’s YOUR turn! Pick one (or more) and tell me your answers?

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Cake Talk


I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by all the comments on yesterday’s Pumpkin Cake! You guys are the best!

But I’m telling you, I may just have a hard time making pancakes this coming
Pancake Sunday because for the last three days, all I’ve wanted is this cake!

Original, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Vanilla

For the chocolate version I made yesterday, I just added in a 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder and a few chocolate chips into the batter. The vanilla one I made this morning subbing in 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (30g) plus 1 tablespoon of coconut flour. It came out a bit more crumbly in texture (next time, I’ll omit the milk from the recipe) but it was definitely JUST as delicious as the others!

But I wasn’t the only one swooning over my breakfast this morning…

Both Allie and Rebekah (my number one fan and loyal blog reader) couldn’t wait to get in on the pumpkin cake action either!

Honestly, I STILL can’t get over how well the first one came out on the FIRST try. I was listening to one of my favorite talk shows on the radio while I was driving home from work and they started talking about muffins with streusel topping (which the guy kept referring to as “crumblies”…not to be confused with Sarah’s patented crumblies, but still delicious!)

Anywho, next thing I know they’re talking about fall…and fall treats…and pumpkin pie…and how omg, wouldn’t it be incredible to have pumpkin pie topped with crumblies?!

Get on that Sarah! 😉

Microwave cakes can be difficult…all it takes is one missing ingredient and you end up gnawing on something that much more resembles a rubber tire or sponge than a cake or muffin.

It wasn’t until recently, that a few ladies helped me see otherwise:

Laura’s Chocolate Protein Cake

Lauren’s Lemon Blueberry Protein Muffin

Meg’s Lemon Coconut Microwave Cake

Sarena’s Blueberry Protein Microwave Cake

Obviously, I went with raspberries!

Each and every one delicious in their own way, but the one that most recently stole the show…for taste, texture, fillability, AND photo quality?

Sarena’s Vanilla Protein Microwave Cake

Made with Vega’s Vanilla Chai protein powder and topped with fresh figs, cinnamon…

And drizzled with raw honey!

Seriously guys, AFTER you make my pumpkin cake, you really should try this! 😉

And in case you’re wondering, I use of peanut flour (and I purchase it from that website)…yes, it’s worth it…don’t even bother asking! Peanut flour has been one of my TOP kitchen staples for almost two years now! Endless possibilities!

Have you ever tried a microwave cake?

What are your top 5 kitchen staples (excluding fruits/veggies)…aka,
things that if you ran out of, you would lose your mind?

peanut flour, coconut flour, nutritional yeast, cottage cheese, nut butter

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